Outline A Screenplay Or Write The Story? – Mark Sanderson vs. Gordy Hoffman

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Film Courage: What does an outline look like?

Mark Sanderson, Screenwriter: For me on these assignments that I do, they are usually 10 or 12 pages and it’s the entire story treatment. And it’s not just line-by-line, I mean there are some outlines where it’s just a line and a line but for these movies for television they are eight acts, so everything has to be broken down.

Gordy Hoffman, Screenwriter/Founder of Blue Cat Screenplay Competition: And then when I started I was just like…I was literally like Oh, okay. And I knew something about page 30 and page 60 or whatever and I started to try to follow that and I didn’t find it difficult to remember that something was supposed to happen. But I was very much on my own and I wrote whatever.

Mark: I write it as a story so if you were to sit down and read it, you’d be reading the story of the movie which I think is essential to create.  I’ve had friends that do this I’m just going to sit down and I have the vague idea and I’m just going to write. And I’m like You’ll be lost in the barren wasteland of Act 2 with no water, you be in the desert, you’ll be lost and you’ll wonder how you’re going to trudge through those 75 pages.

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Gordy: You know it’s very important for people to remember you don’t have to learn the rules to break them. You can just ignore them. If you feel like you’re being expressive and something is cool then you’re writing something that is cool and you start showing it to other people and other people think it’s cool then that’s the only thing we care about. We would not have any Fellini, we would not have Orson Welles, we probably would not have Kurosawa. Eventually people had to stop listening to what people are suggesting and nowadays people being told they can’t direct: women, people of color, diverse voices that have been discouraged or whatever. For all of those people I would just be like Get out of my face! I’m going to say what I want to say and that’s the only way we move forward with this art form is when people just say I don’t care what I’m supposed to be doing or who is supposed to be directing or who is supposed to be writing. The only time we move forward when people are like…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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About Mark Sanderson:

Mark Sanderson (aka @scriptcat) is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author, script consultant and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with thirty-six screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama. His work ranges from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member with The Amazing Onionheads, writing for MTV, to his spec sale, and twenty screenplay assignments with television premieres and worldwide distribution of his fourteen emotionally compelling films— the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network’s “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV’s “Tides of War”) and SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s “Silent Venom”), Lifetime Network’s highly rated thrillers “Mommy’s Little Girl,” and “A Night to Regret,” and the LMN Network premieres “Mother of All Lies,” “A Wedding to Die For,” “One Small Indiscretion,”“Hunted by My Ex,” “Family Vanished,” and the upcoming thriller “My Daughter Vanished.”

Mark’s films have premiered on Lifetime Network, LMN, SyFy, Fox, HereTV, HBO Canada, Christmas 24, NBC/Universal, The Movie Network, and have been distributed globally. His films have been recognized at festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, The Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu Int. Children’s Film Festival in Finland.

Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers, veteran directors, and has written films starring Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy® acting nominees and winners. Mark is also a screenplay consultant and his new book, “A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success” is now available on Amazon…(Read more here).

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